Pete Ham Library
compiled by Tom Brennan
last updated: July 1, 2015

Pete Ham at the microphone

Peter William Ham was born on April 27, 1947 in the "Townhill" district of Swansea, South Wales. Pete began to play the mouth organ at age 4. He got his first guitar at Christmas of 1959. Pete started his first group in 1963 with guitarist Dave Franklin and drummer Roy Anderson, playing Shadows instrumentals. After adding a bass player (John Horrel) and vocals to the band, Pete's group went through various names: The Panthers, The Black Velvets and The Wild Ones. By 1964, David Jenkins had replaced Dave Franklin and Terry Gleason had replaced Roy Anderson. In Mid-1964, Pete's group took on a new bass player, Ron Griffiths and a new name, The Iveys.

In November, 1969, they changed their name to Badfinger. In late-August 1974, Pete briefly quit the group over a disagreement about the group's business affairs, but rejoined the band in late-September in time for their U.K. tour supporting the group "Man".

By the morning of April 24, 1975, with everything going against him, a penniless & depressed Pete Ham hanged himself in his garage studio. On his birthday in 2013, in his home town of Swansea, Pete Ham was honored with a Blue Plaque and a tribute concert with many of his family, friends, and fans in attendance.
biography information from Dan Matovina's "Without You, The Tragic Story of Badfinger"

Pete Ham solo demos on CD

Pete Ham news & features

official web site for Pete Ham:

official Facebook page for Pete Ham:

official MySpace page for Pete Ham:

The artwork of Pete Ham & Tom Evans,
plus demo recordings

Dan Matovina's Badfinger biography web page

The Very Best of Pete Ham
a playlist by Tom Brennan
posted June 3, 2001, revised April 27, 2014

Pete Ham Master of Melody
Pete Ham - Swansea's Master of Melody
The poster above can be found near the exit
to the train station in Swansea, South Wales.
Click on the image above for a
high resolution, readable .pdf file.

Without You (The Tragic Story of Badfinger) [Limited Edition Disc]

Pete Ham lyrics:
Pete's songs as recorded by The Iveys and Badfinger are located elsewhere on this site.
most of the lyrics within these pages are from Dan Matovina's biography, Without You-The Tragic Story of Badfinger or the CDs, "7 Park Avenue" and "Golders Green".

other solo Badfinger pages:
Tom Evans Mike Gibbins Joey Molland Bob Jackson Ron Griffiths Dave Jenkins

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